Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thought of the Day

On Tuesday, the United States moved to buy stakes worth up to $250 billion in the nation's nine leading banks, an operation that closely mirrored British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's decision Monday to partly nationalize three struggling banks, according to The Christian Science Monitor which said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I am reminded, however, of the Peter Principle, named after Dr. Laurence Peter who wrote with Raymond Hill in 1968 a book under this title. The principle is that "In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." Gordon Brown was a very effective secretary of the treasury and a poor prime minister. So it may be that he rose to his level of incompetence; his only clever decision as prime minister being a financial one.

6 Comments:

Blogger Nadeem said...

Dear Mr. Jihad Khazen,

I need to contact you urgently. What is your email address

Regards
Nadeem

11:42 PM  
Blogger mariam said...

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8:24 AM  
Blogger Diala said...

Dear Jihad,

With no access to your personal email, I've had to resort to posting my case to you on your blog….so I apologize for that, and for the fact that my request deviates from your most recent areas of pursuit …

I'm a Palestinian by origin, who's inherited a Lebanese document of travel from my parents, who was born and raised in the UAE and who now carries a Canadian Passport but now find myself trying to assert my " Palestinian-ness" to fellow Arabs, who regrettably no longer view the Israeli conflict as an Arab affliction, as is the prevalent sentiment, and further argue that I have no claim on my Palestinian identity since Palestine is slowly eroding from the map, and I have never set foot in Palestine, and don’t have anything tangible to assert my Palestinian ethnicity save my UNRWA I.D card.

So what makes a person Palestinian? Or Lebanese, Chinese, Algerian, etc for that matter? Is it a passport? Or a dialect? Or a set of traditions? Or is it a blood line? Baring in mind, that time, assimilation into other societies and intermarriage alter these affinities generation after generation…

1:50 PM  
Blogger Khazen said...

My e-mail is: khazen@alhayat.com

5:41 AM  
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